I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
“Spirituality is not just about sitting in a room encountering a mystical god in meditation or about seeing God in a sunset. Awe is the gateway to compassion. It is a deep awareness that we are creators, creators who work with the Creator, in an ongoing project of crafting a world. If we do not like the world or are afraid of it, we have had a hand in that. And if we made a mess, we can clean it up and do better. We are what we make.” (Grounded, p. 275)
Throughout these last 40 days we have seen that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us.
He is all things. All ground is holy ground, all water, holy water, the skies are a holy space, and our neighbor is sacred and to be loved as we love ourselves.
Everything circles back around to love. Loving ourselves, and in turn, loving our neighbor. Being aware of God in the everyday, ordinary moments is simply the beginning. When we can see him in the ordinary, it’s not such a stretch to see him in the lives of others. When we are willing to do that, it is easier to see them as our neighbor.
As we begin to see others as our neighbor, when we can truly care for one another, we encounter God. We have a hand in the redemption of this world. Into the ugliness, the hatred, the bigotry, the isolation, and heartache, we are the bearers of compassion. We are the ones tasked with crafting a world.
What do we want that world to look like?
“Creator: Open my eyes to awe. Open my heart to compassion.
Weave together the threads of wonder and justice in the fabric of my soul.
And by grace and with courage, I accept your invitation
to come and join you in crafting a better world.”
Diana Butler Bass